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Rooney back to management as Man Utd legend named Plymouth boss



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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney is set to return to the dugout in 2024-25 after being named head coach of Championship side Plymouth Argyle.

Argyle avoided relegation from the Championship on the final day of the season having sacked previous boss Ian Foster in April. This is Rooney’s first job since he was relieved of his duties by Birmingham City in January after just 83 days and 15 games in charge, with the club down in 20th having been ninth when he was installed. The Blues eventually went down themselves on the closing day of the second-tier season.

Plymouth, a club with a storied history but one that has never played in England’s top division, is looking forward to a fresh start under Rooney’s leadership. Although they have not disclosed the specifics and length of Rooney’s contract, it has been reported that the former striker has been signed on a three-year deal.

“Taking this role at Plymouth Argyle feels like the perfect next step in my career – and I would like to thank the Chairman and Board for the faith they have shown in me,” said Rooney after the appointment.

“This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project. I look forward to helping to build a squad of players to play expansive football – and to entertain the Green Army. I have experienced first-hand how talented the existing group of players is here – and also the incredible atmosphere at Home Park. The club is on an exciting long-term journey, with a progressive plan in place. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it. I can’t wait for the Championship season to start in August.”

Since his departure from Birmingham City, Rooney has remained active in the football world, albeit in a different capacity. He has been working in the media, offering his insights and analysis as a pundit.

Notably, Rooney will be part of the BBC’s coverage of the FA Cup final between his former club Manchester United and Premier League champions Manchester City.

Furthermore, he has committed to working as a pundit during Euro 2024, bringing his extensive football knowledge to a broader audience.

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